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end of gold only my brothers and my sisters in Islam, they come to ye.
there's a door there, you could just come through the side makes it easier
as a sign on the door that says use other door.
this is the very first time that I'm doing this here. And I might be nervous. Is it normal to be nervous when you're speaking in public?
No, you'd like speaking in public, right? So you can come up?
You've proven your confidence.
Okay, so how many of you know my name? Let's start with that.
Your name is
very good, right? What's your what's my download? It's very good. So how can
I know if my voice has a certain tone that it's very hard for them to?
So my name is Dan wood. And
those of you that know me, you probably know that I like to travel a lot. Right? How many of you actually know me? Any of you know me prior to today? No, no one, have the law. Okay, so I'll just give you a little bit of background of myself and shout them out. Before we get into today's topic.
I work as a director of Religious Affairs, I'm also a Muslim chaplain. So I'm a chaplain at the Milton District Hospital, right. So I go in and I meet people on a regular basis. Sometimes we meet people that are sick, sometimes we meet people that are about to pass away, sometimes you go in after someone has already passed away. Other times you get called in when a doctor doesn't know if he's or she is allowed to give a certain type of medicine to one of the patients, or sometimes they call you and ask you are we allowed to disconnect the life support from this patient? You know, there's different things, some kind of law. So that's really interesting, I get to meet a lot of
different people. I also teach from COVID Institute, which is an International Institute, we operate in about 25 different cities worldwide. And just to give you an example, last year alone, I took 78 flights.
So you do the math, that's pretty much like a flight every few days. Right? So I took 78 flights last year alone in the year 2017.
So I like to travel, I've gone to many different countries, the previous passport that I had before renewed at 123 stamps in it. So So have I love to go to different countries, I'd love to see different places meet different people eat different foods, and I love to travel a lot. And the reason why I'm telling you this is because last week, last weekend, I actually was blessed with the opportunity to go to
is does it only say that on the inside of the doors or does it say it on the outside as well? Really interesting one.
So last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to
one of Canada's in fact it is said to be Canada's oldest Muslim community. So the town that has the oldest Muslim community. Does anyone know the name of that town?
Okay, who can guess what province of
Alberta? Were in Alberta?
Close north of Edmonton. So it's in lac la Biche? You're right with regards to the oldest mustard. So the oldest mustard is most of the machines which is found in Edmonton, right. The oldest Muslim community is said to be about three hours north of Edmonton, which is a lack of ambition. I was there last week. For those of you that don't know lack means lake and French. And labiche is basically you know, recommendations of the area right?
Does anyone here speak French?
Yeah. Moroccan. Moroccan originally Tunisian, maybe. No Algerian. You just speak French
because you're Canadian. You speak French as well. So where are your parents from?
Oh, so you go to a French school over here. And the lesson you learn French very good. Mashallah, you guys really like to chat over there in the back?
All right, so let me tell you a little bit about going to visit this town. And the reason why I'm telling you is because I want you to figure something out at the end. So pay close attention in Java.
So the very first trip that I took this year was last week when I went to northern Alberta. So I flew from Toronto to Edmonton, picked up a rental car in Edmonton and then started to drive north. Now, when you're driving the car, typically, the car warms up, right? So you're driving or like now it's winter, you get into the car and the car is freezing cold, right? You're just like this brother, Mashallah. He's like, Oh my god, it's freezing in here, right? I'm the lorries just getting cozy getting ready to go to sleep right under the law. So you get into a car and it's freezing cold. And you're thinking to yourself, let's crank up the heating, let's turn on the heated seats. So
maybe your parents have one of those cars that has heated seats in it. And the rental car was driving actually had a heated steering wheel as well. So I'm driving with a car that has the heating on the seats are heated, the steering wheel is you know, heated up. And the more I drive, the colder it's getting in the car.
I'm thinking this is crazy. like something's wrong, the heating is on I could feel heat, I could feel it on my back. The seat is heated, I could feel the heat coming through my back. But I'm wearing my coat, right. And my code is actually thicker than that brother's coat, nice, thick coat. And I'm wearing my hat on my head, my winter hat on my head. And I'm wearing my leather gloves on my hands. And I'm like It's getting colder. And the steering wheel is getting stiffer. And the suspension is not getting softer. It's getting harder and harder. Like, this is crazy. Where am I going.
And as I'm driving, I realized after only breathe out of my nose, because if I breathe out of my mouth, then the air goes in front of me and it starts to fog the windshield on the inside of the car. So it's getting colder in the car, the more North I'm driving, it was minus 45 degrees that i plus the winter. It was cold. It was so cold that when I arrived in lack of a beach when I arrived in that town, that email was waiting for me there I got out of the car. I was like *, why do you live in this place? That was the very first thing I said to him was like, why do you live in this place is so cold. So Pamela. But as I was driving
for about 120 kilometers, I had no cell phone reception.
no cell phone reception hamdulillah had the GPS set. So I thought to myself, as long as I don't exit the GPS, then I shouldn't be able to make my way there because I don't know how to get there. If I come out of it and have no cell phone reception I have nor to know where I'm going right I'll just be driving in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere. And it's minus 45 degrees.
And there was a point in time about 100 kilometers before I reached the town where I decided to stop the car. This is in the middle of a one lane road. No cars around me. It's pitch dark. I haven't seen anyone for about an hour of driving, right? I stopped the car in the middle of the street
and turn the car off. Turn the lights off. And I rolled my window down.
like okay, How on earth did the very first Muslims get to this city without having a car and heating and you know, and a coat and all this stuff? How did they get here? And I started to think to myself so Pamela, what on earth would Muslims who came from hot countries, most of them came from Lebanon, right? What were these Muslims coming from a beautiful climate and nice place. What made them come to this part of Canada. And I stopped there and I thought and this is in the middle of the night, my window down freezing cold. And my car is turned off. And I'm actually making drive to allow my car start when I need to leave because otherwise I'd be stranded.
And then some kind of lie realize, in order for them to get there. They actually had to go on dog sleds. This was going back over 100 years, like 120 years. They went up there using dog sled.
And we get the luxury of driving into the sea. Let's fast forward a little bit. I get to this town.
The population is about 400 sorry, 4000 people. The Muslim population is about 400. So there's about 4000 people that live there. And out of those 4000 only 400 are Muslim, but about 70% of the land and the businesses are owned by the Muslims like 60 to 70%. I'm thinking to myself, What did these Muslims do in this city to like, own all of these businesses, from gas stations to dealerships grocery stores. You know what else even the garbage collection company was owned by a Muslim brother.
So many things in that city were owned by the Muslims. And then I started to get to know the people a little bit more and there's a park in that area. That's not
Is the Alexander Hamilton or the Alex Hamilton park?
Alex Hamilton is one of the very first Muslims that came to Canada.
He left Lebanon when he was a boy. 12 years old. Now this is a true story who hears 12 years old?
12 plus 12. Good. You're 12 years old. All right, you come here.
You're 12 years old. What's your name? Say? Okay, so Zaid is 12 years old. You're born and raised here in Canada. No, where you from?
You were born in Abu Dhabi. Okay. Imagine if right now at the age of 12. You decide, you know what, I'm going to go and live in another country.
I'm going to go live in the North Pole. Right? But not the Canadian side. I'm going to go to Russia. I live in northern Russia. Right?
You're 12 you decide to follow me. For example, if I'm on my way to Russia, I'm gonna go aboard a plane and stuff and you're like, you know what? I'm coming with you.
Would you come?
It's cold air. All right. What if I was going to live in a hot country?
You'd probably come would you tell your parents? Why would you do that?
Why tell your parents we're going to Hot Country. Who cares what your parents have to say? Let's just go right.
Okay, you were just leave?
No, have an alarm. You can sit down. You know what this man, Alex Hamilton, his name was actually me. abou Shadi. Honey, Abu Shadi, he left Lebanon at the age of 12. roughly around the same ages.
Say right roughly around the same age as a 12 years old. But when he left, his uncle was leaving Lebanon. And he thought you know what, I'm just gonna go with you. And his uncle's like, No, no, go home, go home. Now you can imagine say like running after his uncle in the middle of Lebanon 120 years ago, thinking to himself, yeah, I'm gonna, I'm coming with you. So he ends up following his uncle to the ship that was leaving Lebanon.
He follows him. And when he gets there, he tells us something like I'm coming with you. Now. I'm already here. We left the village. I'm here. I'm coming with you. So his uncle sends a letter back to Zaid, small, right? Or it small, right? And just says it is with me. I'm taking him to Canada.
It just sends the letter to his to you know, to the mother of it. And he just brings him to Canada. And what's really interesting is they go from there to France. And in France, they have to pass a medical exam to come to Canada. Only three of those Muslim Lebanese pass the medical exam, and then they come to Canada. And they came here thinking you know what, it's a time when there's a gold rush, we're going to go to stop in Montreal for Montreal, we're going to go out to Winnipeg, and we're gonna you know, start mining for gold. We're gonna collect gold, we're gonna get really rich. Now, there were no cell phones. There were no internet connections. It was no email. By the time
they got to Montreal, and then made their, their way to Winnipeg. They realized they missed a gold rush. Like it was long gone ended. Right? So they're like, what are we doing here? Now? It's freezing cold is the middle of Canada. What are we doing in this country? So they were told, why don't you go more West. There's people who are hunting mink, like they're hunting animals, and they're selling the firm. So we thought, Okay, let's go over there. Now this Muslim at the age of 12, he goes with his uncle, all the way from Lebanon to Montreal to Winnipeg to Edmonton. And then from Edmonton. They go north to lackland ish, that town where unless
he gets there, at the age of 12. He's not going to go hunting, you know, animals to sell the fur and thinks he's like, what do the people need. So he takes he buys a lot of strength like thread. And he just wraps it up different color thread, puts a few buttons in there and a needle. And he makes these pocket sized versions of sewing kits. So he makes a little sewing kit with a needle and thread. And he goes door to door and he sells it to everyone. So imagine his age comes to you and says you know what? In case you haven't thought about your jeans and I said ripped case you need to sew them. Right. say he's gonna sell you some threading needles. Right? All right. So you think
right, you're gonna buy one right? Sure I'm good enough. So he sells one sewing kit. Then Same goes to another person. He's like, Hey, you know what, if your button falls off on your coat, instead of sending it to the tailor, you know, you could just throw that button back on yourself. Why don't you buy one of these pocket size tailoring kits right can just fit in your pocket. Anytime you need to sew something back onto your coat. You can just do that. So he sells almost everyone in this town. A little
sewing kit that they can keep in their pocket. He makes money.
Then he thinks, Okay, what else do people need? You're living in the middle of the desert, the winter desert. What do you think you would need? When it's really cold? What do you use to survive?
Fire? That's exactly it. When it's really cold out, you think, okay, let's make a fire and warm up. And that's exactly what he thought it. He goes and he buys a bunch of matches. He takes his matches, and he puts them in little boxes and he starts to go door to door selling match boxes. Can you imagine? This is a Muslim at the age of 12, who's thinking to himself, you know what, I need to make money.
So he goes in, he's knocking door to door selling matches.
And eventually he starts selling matches to everyone. So this was someone who thought, you know what, I'm gonna make money off everyone by selling little things.
A few years later, his uncle who brought him from Lebanon, he made $500. And he was happy. He's like, I mean, $500 I'm set to retire, I'm going back to Lebanon, and I'm gonna live the life. Can you imagine $500 like in our time, like $500. Like, that's, that's like putting gas in in two cars for two weeks. And that's it. $500 done.
So he makes $500 and he's ready to go back to Lebanon, but he has his nephew who's just you know, a child at the time. He's young. So he decides to register him when he goes to register his son, Id Abu Shadi. Now,
how many of you are Arab? All of you, right? Most of you have, you know, an Arab speak.
It's like, for someone who's not Arab. All of this stuff just came out of your mouth, and no one knows what you said.
I speak Arabic on the left. So I know what it's like now. Right? I speak Arabic, right. But for someone who's not Arab, to hear Arabic being spoken, not like the recitation of the Quran
means nice and slow and beautiful, right? Nice and slow. But when someone is speaking Arabic, we are speaks Arabic.
Yeah, speak Arabic. Alright. Just say like,
say something for us. Like, Today is January 17. And it wasn't snowing, but it was freezing cold.
Okay, so just say like, you know,
tell us something in Arabic.
Say that again? Say loudly.
You hear that?
You heard that? Did you hear it but you didn't understand it?
You understand it? You understand Arabic? You speak Arabic fluently? Alright, say something to us.
Like, like, say a few sentences.
You went to sleep on it?
Right? Who here could tell us like a few sentences in Arabic? Yeah.
we're talking about like someone who was like,
anyone here we can get some of the fathers or mothers right
there like, Don't involve us. You can do it. Alright. We need someone who can do a good impersonation.
We don't know what he said.
And jiofi Canada, but
his uncle takes him to register him right. When he gets there.
Uncle, he's asked. So What is his name? What is this boy's name? He goes, it was Chad. So what's the name?
What do you say? His like his name is? Shannon. Okay, his name is Alex Hamilton.
That's what they did. So they thought you know what, no one can pronounce your name. There's no point in you having this name. All right. Let's give you a name that you can pronounce. Right? Yeah.
They did that.
See that happened? Right? So it still happens at times. And we all know our parents when they came from other countries. And I hope the parents are not thinking like, Oh my God, he's making fun of Arabic. This is totally wrong. No, not at all. I spent many years of my life learning Arabic. It was for the sake of the example to show us this palette To the untrained ear. Hearing Arabic can just sound like you know shakshuka you don't shakshuka is like everything is mixed together. So.
So when they're registering this boy's name ID they register his name as Alex Hamilton.
Because in the United States, there was this young entrepreneur who was well known in his name is Alex Hamilton. And they thought, you know, this is the Canadian version of Alex Hamilton. He's like super good with money he can buy and sell, and he does trade. So they named him Alex Hamilton. And when we fast forward,
Alex Hamilton or Addie, abou Shadi
and the other Muslims that were there, they worked really hard. By
instead of hunting mink, these little animals for fur,
they decided, let's just breed these make an open a farm. And we can sell a lot more of these animals, if we start to breed them and have the farm and let them grow. And they became really wealthy to the extent that somehow they established a mustache, they started to buy all of the land. And the lesson that we learned there is that they have established themselves so much within the Canadian society, in their area, that everyone in the town knows you know what Muslim, alright, this guy, his name is Muhammad, they call him Mo, but he's Muslim. And he owns you know, stores and shops and stuff like that. The mayor of the town is even Muslim.
So now when you need to go to school, you're like, Well, you know, people are gonna make fun of us know, the mayor is Muslim as well. So everyone knows about the Muslim community. Now we fast forward that the reason why I'm telling you all of this is because
as the youth living here in Canada,
your parents have done a lot of things to help us right to help the younger generation.
But the question that we need to ask ourselves is, where are we going to do?
Do any of you have a plan or a vision in your mind? What do you want to do what you want to establish here in Canada? Anyone? Just give us some examples?
What do you want to do? Yeah.
You want to do okay, so you want to become a pharmacist? Okay. All right. What else?
You don't want to say anything? So that's what you want to do in your life, you don't understand?
What else What do you want to do?
Do any of you actually know what you want to do in the rest of the you know, for the rest of your life? You want to play video games, right? Xbox is just right now. Go right. What do you want to do? Let's look at the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he enters Medina.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he gives advice to the people of Medina. And the very first thing he told
us was set up, spread, spread salutations gets sent out to everyone greets people, for you and me as Muslims, Mashallah. He's greeting me so well, he's turned backwards.
This way, I
mean, you. Okay?
So when we meet people, a lot of the time we don't really meet them and you know, say something nice to them. We're just like, oh, he's not my friend. I'm not talking to him. Right? I don't know this guy. You know, he's, oh, he's from Lebanon. We're from Turkey. We're not talking about right or he's from Turkey. We're from like, Syria when I'm going to talk to them, right? I'm just using that as examples how at times we feel you know, I'm not going to talk to someone because I don't know them.
But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us to first of all, meet people and greet them. Just like some of you are doing right now. You're meeting and greeting people on your phones, social media, right? I'm sorry, I'm a teacher who points you up in a crowd. That's just the way I am.
You won't get my flower
is actually food at the end of the
You have to buy it or to give to
take your piece of all
right, there we go.
So we're gonna look at what the prophet sallallahu wasallam says, Let's fast forward the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He tells the people of Medina he says to feed each other. Just like we were just talking about food. Right? If we were to say that the food is ready, let's go and eat. How many of you would be really happy right now?
Guys, we're going to eat?
Yes, either like Yeah.
So don't worry, we'll put your hand up on top of the pizza to eat right?
So when the profits so long, guys pay attention for a few minutes, please, if you don't mind, right? profits, all of a sudden he enters Medina. He tells the people have sent them spreads sent them. But he also says we'll do it we'll find out and feed the people. So you as a younger generation, let me ask this question. How many of you actually have taken
part in a food bank.
You have one here. You do I know you do rice. Every school doesn't. So you do it at school as well.
So you just bring canned food in and just give it to them and they do the rest. Very good. But can you do more than that?
What can you do?
Exactly? We can go and do it ourselves. Do you? Do you do that here in the masjid? You go to the homeless shelters? What do you do?
You just give it so you just bring it in and you leave it over there?
You go to people's houses and you give it to them. So whoever needs it, you go and you drop it off at their home. Very good that happens.
Now, when you look around you you know when people are celebrating Christmas, you guys know Christmases.
You guys get gifts on Christmas.
Very good. But what do people do on Christmas? They look around them and they find people who don't have food.
And they invite them into the church.
Right? They come into the church and they do all these soup kitchens, and they give people food. Now the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he told the people of Medina, we need to feed people because people love food. And that's why I'm suggesting that in the youth programs, we actually feed ourselves first before we do these programs. Do you agree with that? I agree to it, right? You don't want to eat first don't you?
know we eat and lock the doors.
I don't care for the other.
You got to kill the other people
can't just ditch them.
So when it comes to eating people,
we're gonna do this. We're gonna do this because you guys are like the worst crowd I've ever had.
So y'all gonna stand up
and just stand up.
Guys, you're gonna come here. Yeah, you're gonna come here.
know, all of you need to stand up. Y'all need to stand up, just stand up.
You're gonna come on this side.
And you're gonna come off that side. Very good.
And I need four chairs.
We're gonna get four chairs. Bring them here. Don't forget.
All right. So this is what we're gonna do. Since you guys have a lot of energy.
you gotta stay standing. We're gonna teach everyone a little bit of working together community like building Alright.
So we have about two likes to hit
him up. So
I'll call you
All right, I need two more people.
got the roots shirt. He's proud Canadian.
So you guys all have muscles. You all have energy. We obviously know you eat a lot of food because Mashallah you're full of energy. So I'm going to ask us to sit down so one of you sits down here with your feet that way.
Yeah, very good. Time to
You're over there.
know talking. Okay, guys. Listen to this.
community doesn't work together and you don't listen to instructions. So you're gonna just get up a bit. I'm gonna move this out.
Okay, this is about as most of us some of you are big enough to turn that way face to
Okay, so this is what we're gonna do.
I want to be standing because they have a lot of energy. They need to get it out.
Okay, so lay down.
Okay, lay down, lay down, lay down.
Lay on him.
So I want you all to sit down now to sit down.
So that's what we're gonna do.
Working in a community
can't do it if there's talking
because we need to hear them. Now there's there's rules to this. There's rules, guys, there's rules. I know you guys like to touch and feel each
one is hitting you in the air.
All right, listen, guys.
Rule number one. I don't want to hear any bad words come out of your mouth.
Do you agree? All of you agree.
All right, good. No bad words. No swearing. All right.
What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna pull the chairs out of you know?
You're not doing it again. I want you to come here.
Come here, come here. Go. See now he's taking his coat off.
That's what we want to get too much energy than before.
So I want you to sit down
on the floor.
I want you to sit on the floor to sit on this side. It's very good to sit on that side.
And just sit down.
All right, good.
To see you right front row seats.
What did we just see there? We just noticed how all these guys were sitting there, hothead and thinking, you know what, we got this man, this guy who's speaking to us, he doesn't know what he's talking about. They were just gonna mess around. One of them sitting backwards. Everyone's hitting him on the back of the head. And they're like, we don't care how nos yada, yada. She was killer, right? So what we noticed is, a lot of the time we do too much kind of do a little too much talking. Right? What happens is we don't learn enough things to work together. And as a community, when we learn to what the prophet SAW longer and he was telling us is that we got to work
on these four candles are strong guys, would you agree? Pretty strong.
Strong, guys. I think they're a little too strong. That's why it just didn't work. Right? their shoulders are too big. They didn't have enough space. You just wait to do it.
Do you see how these guys are working together? You know what? I want you to find this exercise?
You are on YouTube. Everyone knows you're creating the
Yeah. Oh my god. So let me do this exercise. When we do this exercise. We are supposed to have the chairs come out. And then they're supposed to rotate in 360 degrees.
Do you think they were able to do that? No.
Can I just have you raise your hand and tell me why? without speaking raise your hand and tell me why. Why didn't it happen?
Because it didn't work together. Why else? Oh, some way.
go. one guy's back was not dead.
They're too weak. Okay. What else?
They didn't work together? Yeah.
They didn't think they can do it. So they didn't do it. Yeah. Mind over matter, right? They weren't strong enough mentally. They were just here messing around, all right.
They weren't sure the instructions.
The instructions, they were very clear. In fact, they knew what we were doing before we even did it. Right. One more person.
Very good. One person wanted to stay on the chair. He was too scared to fall. So he thought, you know what I'm gonna stay on chair
They were focused on the pizza. Very good. thumbs it up
Just a second, when we hear what was said? Do we think that they can do it again? Yes. Do we think that we can actually pull the chairs out?
Let's ask though, do you guys think you can actually pull your chair out?
I personally think you can't.
Because one person doesn't want to
Now we need to ask ourselves when the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam was faced with this type of issue with people who wanted to work, but some didn't want to work, what would he do?
He would advise them, but he would work with them. He would train the person, he would be with them. He would listen to the Sahaba of the Alomar. And he would try and understand what their hardship is. You have a hard time doing business. Let me teach you how to do business. Let me put you with another Sahabi who can do business. You have a hard time raising a family. Let me put you with someone who knows how to raise your children, and they will teach you how to raise your children. But you and I, as a community, a lot of the time we don't do things together.
We're disconnected from one another. We all think that's enough. see myself I can do it. I can do it. I got this. And of course we can. Which tells us that.
That on the Day of Judgment, every single one of us will go to a wall and we're going to be defending ourselves. We like yeah, you know a lot. I did this because of that. And I gave up but because of this. And you know what I stayed away from How long were all my friends were going into caramba handler you know, I was really good.
I was kind of tells us that.
However, Will anybody help us then?
No, they won't. They won't be there to help us then we all know that every single one of us will be running around to our family members and relatives. Right? A person who will go to his mother and his father only he will be it will go to their mother and father and ask your mom You know what, Dad, I just need one good deed.
And you imagine some Hallo right now if we look at our parents, when we asked them, you know, what can I have? $1 because I need to go and do something good. Or you know, I don't have gloves. So I need to buy some new gloves or my coat is not warm enough. I need to buy a new coat. They're the first ones to do it for us. Of course if they can afford it, right. But on the Day of Judgment, even our parents will reject us.
How would we feel if our parents rejected us?
We feel good.
We wouldn't feel good, we feel extremely bad. But on the Day of Judgment, our parents will reject us and then we will run into someone else. Also, I bet he will many a person will go to their spouse and they will go to their children. Now imagine going to your children then this is a good question for the parents. Imagine going to your children on the day of judgment and saying you know what? I bought you the car I put you through university. I thought you all the nice clothing and got you all the video games. I got you everything that you wanted. We brought you to the machine and paid for the peak. So just so that you can be in the mustard, right? We did all of that for you.
And what will the parents say? Sorry, what will the children say? Sorry, mom, sorry, that fcns
we can't be people that are just looking after ourselves. We need to work as a community. We need to work together. And that was the example that I learned when I went up north Tilak rubbish that the community they came together. They realized we need someone to bring groceries to us. So you let you go and bring groceries. We need someone who's going to build
Their warehouses. So you hire them, you go and build the houses, we need someone who's going to collect all the garbage. So you Brotherson, so you collect all the garbage. And that grew, and it grew. And it grew to the extent that now, they all have their own businesses, they all have their own homes, that they all still come together and work with one another.
And together, they grow.
And we hope that within our own community, we can be able to grow as well. Do you think it's possible?
Do you think it's doable?
So let me ask this question. You all think it's possible you all think it's doable?
How many of you
have thought of a master plan for your life? I asked you this question. 20 minutes ago,
one person said he wants to be a pharmacist,
interior designer, very good. But what are we thinking of doing for our actual community here in Canada?
For our Muslim community, as well as the non Muslim community? What are we thinking to establish? donate?
donate and try to help people? You see, what I've just proved is that we actually don't have a vision.
As the youth in our community, we don't know what we want to do. Everyone wants to do something, and that's fine. You can be an interior designer, that's great. But how are you going to contribute back to society? with that? You can, but I want you to think of that. I know you can. You can be a pharmacist, and you will be able to give back to society. But the question is, in 30, to 40 years from now, when our parents have passed away.
What would we have left behind?
design a mustard for the community? Okay. Do you think we have enough massage?
Sort of right? In some places, we still need miss out. There are places in Canada, because we're just talking about this country, right? That actually still needs massages, so that'd be great. You could design you could do that you could offer that service. But there's a lot of other things that we need, how many of us go to a hospital and get treated differently? Because you're wearing hijab,
right? How many of us are yelled at on the streets? People say, Oh, you know what, you Muslims go back to your country. It's happened, right?
You raise our hand because you want to say so we're saying?
So you're saying it doesn't happen?
Sorry, buddy. But it happens. I have been told to go back to my country, in my own birth city. So for example, me as a Canadian, I've been told to go back to my country, while I'm in Quebec, and I'm like, Well, wait a second, this is my country. Where else do you want me to go? And I speak French. So I'm like, we can make one. Sweden will be like, I'm here. Where do you want me to go? Right. So as Muslims, the point is not to try and prove to people that we are going to take over and do things. The point is for us to root ourselves deep.
Our children, your children will soon need schools.
Are we producing those schools?
Our families need hospitals are reproducing those hospitals.
Our elderly, are living sometimes on the streets. We actually have Muslim families, Muslim people that are elderly living on the streets, are we building homes and places for them to live. And that's what I want all of you to think of, we're not going to figure this out today. But I want you to think of these ideas, because inshallah over the next year, what I want to do is try and come up with a plan where you use will be able to execute something, you'll be able to actually finish a plan, you will plan it, and you will achieve it by the end of the year in Charlottetown. Are you ready to do that? Do you want to do something great. I want to achieve something and show your
parents that you can do something as you Yeah. So they'll trust you and let you be a little bit right. Yeah, of course, we all want to do that. So I want you to come up with ideas. That's your homework. You don't have to write anything. You don't have to research anything. You don't really have to do anything. I just want you to think
I want you to think what can we do that's different from what our parents from the things that our parents did. Our parents established the size of the company, the level, what do we need?
What do we need, and I want you to think of that inshallah, and the next time that we meet
I want you to give me some of these ideas so that we can finalize a plan and a vision. We will try to work towards that. So think of things that are realistic that we can achieve in the year and try to work down the line with that inshallah, can we do that? Yeah. Good.
All right. So we're going to stop there. I know. I don't like giving lectures I find. Do you feel that you guys get lectured enough?
Let me rephrase that.